Best of: Truckee River Trails

Best of: Truckee River Trails

One River, River Tour
Spring ripped through the Truckee Meadows this past weekend. Despite the snow flurries last Wednesday, the trees are now in bloom! Since the longest winter ever is finally over, it's time to don your walking/hiking shoes and get out into nature! Below are some of our *favorite Truckee River hikes within the Truckee Meadows. First things first: Remember to always carry the right equipment with you for safety -- no need to be a hero. And make sure whatever you pack in, you're packing right back out. Also: Leave wildlife alone! You're bound to see a ton of creatures when you're out and about. Leave them alone and they'll leave you alone. *These hikes are based on Washoe County's Truckee Meadows Trails guide. 1. Crystal Peak Nature Trail Crystal Peak…
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Show Your Nevada Pride! With River-Friendly Landscapes

Show Your Nevada Pride! With River-Friendly Landscapes

River-Friendly Landscaping
We think the Truckee Meadows is a beautiful place to live! If you do, too, then what better way to show it than to have a landscape that fits in with the regions's natural beauty and shows off your Nevada pride? That’s why we’re introducing a new blog series on “River-Friendly” landscaping. We’ll teach you all about how to create a gorgeous landscape you’ll love while also respecting the Truckee River watershed. The beauty of the Truckee Meadows is a breath-taking blend of sky, mountains, and high desert! Special thanks to Lee Molof for sharing this beautiful photo. So what is a River-Friendly Landscape? A River-Friendly Landscape is one that is especially designed for residents of the Truckee Meadows! It will beautify your property, conserve water, reduce yard maintenance and…
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Sustainability, Take the Wheel!

Sustainability, Take the Wheel!

Efforts, Water Quality
via GIPHY Learning to drive and buying your first car are rights of passage for many young people today, and the automobile itself has become ubiquitous in the developed world. The benefits of automobiles in modern society are numerous, but we cannot ignore their environmental pitfalls. (Side note: this blog post isn’t just going to tell you never to drive a car again. We’ve got plenty of feasible strategies to make your driving habits more river-friendly.) How do cars even affect water quality? We frequently hear about how harmful emissions from vehicles are damaging the earth’s atmosphere and polluting the air, but we rarely hear about how automobiles are impacting local water quality. The first major way the automobile boom adversely impacted water didn’t result from cars themselves, rather, the…
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Rain, Rain, Go Away…. In the Storm Drain?

Rain, Rain, Go Away…. In the Storm Drain?

Water Quality
Rain, rain, go away, so we can all go outside and play. With all the recent spring precipitation we’ve been having, this age-old nursery rhyme may be running through your mind. But have you ever wondered where all the rain goes? If your answer is no, get ready to learn all about it in this blog post. Take out your umbrella, pull on your rain boots, and get ready for a course in Stormwater 101. Lesson 1: What is stormwater? The first thing you need to know about stormwater is what it is, and this is pretty simple. Stormwater is exactly what it sounds like - water that comes from a storm. It could be rain or it could be from melting snow, but either way it originates from a…
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Wildlife in the Parks

Wildlife in the Parks

Conservation, Efforts, One River, Wildlife
This post was shared with permission from the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. The original post can be found here.Written by Ellen Wilson, Education Coordinator VISTA Imagine yourself walking along a trail in one of Reno’s many parks, on a warm and sunny day. You spot a beautiful red-tailed hawk take a quick dive at a vole, and fly back up into a tree with its prize in its talons. You walk a little farther and spot a Western fence lizard scurry up a log, and you catch a glimpse of its bright blue belly. In the distance, you see three coyotes running, and they stop and turn to look at you. Wildlife in our parks is common, and can be very exciting for us to run into. When I see an…
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Don’t lose focus! Now’s your shot to enter River Photos: A Community Photo Contest

Don’t lose focus! Now’s your shot to enter River Photos: A Community Photo Contest

One River, One Truckee River Month
via GIPHY Unless you're living under a rock, you've probably heard we're currently holding a River Photos competition. There are four categories -- people, landscape, mobile device, and youth -- and photos must be of the Truckee River or one of its tributaries. All entries must be submitted by April 1st. But what’s in it for you? We've developed a whole list! The Prizes We’re all about community here at One Truckee River, so it won’t surprise you we’ve tried to include lots of local businesses in our River Photos contest prizes this year. We’ve got a little something for everyone. For the kiddos, we’ve snagged some Discovery Museum Tickets. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out their Truckee Connects exhibit for a chance to learn about and interact…
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Your Business/Organization + the Truckee River = Benefits Galore

Your Business/Organization + the Truckee River = Benefits Galore

One River, One Truckee River Month
Surprise, it's March! You know what that means? One Truckee River Month is only two months away! One Truckee River Month (OTRM) is an opportunity to celebrate the Truckee River watershed with the entire community. And when we say celebrate, we mean a variety of ways. We're talking riverside yoga and bike rides, walking tours, river-inspired art, composting and fly fishing lessons.... We could really go on for ages. The good news for you: We're still looking for businesses to participate! There are 31 different days and an infinite amount of ways your business can participate in this river-wide event this May. Sparkle Yoga hosted two ~free~ yoga sessions at Lunford Park, right next to the Truckee River, in 2018. Okay, I'm listening... The first ever One Truckee River Month…
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Leave No Trace Along the Truckee River

Leave No Trace Along the Truckee River

Conservation, Efforts, Truckee River Watershed
Our staff recently attended a Leave No Trace training with Erin and Brice of the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers program. It was so informative we thought we should share what we learned and how it applies to the Truckee River! The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has long been associated with teaching people how to enjoy backpacking and wilderness adventure while minimizing environmental impacts, but at the training we learned you should be using these outdoor ethics principles every time you step outside. From your backyard, to your favorite hiking trail, to your favorite local park along the Truckee River, you can always practice the Leave No Trace Seven Principles. So without any further ado, we present the Leave No Trace Seven Principles and how they relate…
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Big footprint or little footprint…What will you leave behind?

Big footprint or little footprint…What will you leave behind?

Conservation, Efforts, Truckee River Watershed
Or maybe the question should be, what won't you leave behind? What won’t be available to future generations because you used it unwisely? These are the questions conservationists want you to ask yourself, and the way they help you answer them is with footprints. No, not these footprints.... We’re talking about ecological footprints. Specifically, water footprints -- but we’ll get more into the nitty gritty of that later. Let's start with the basics - The Ecological Footprint The World Wildlife Fund puts it best: The simplest way to define ecological footprint would be to call it the impact of human activities measured in terms of the area of biologically productive land and water required to produce the goods consumed and to assimilate the wastes generated. More simply, it is the…
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Truckee River Must Reads

Truckee River Must Reads

River History, Stories
Trying to chip away at that New Year’s resolution to read more? Looking for something new to read? Interested in the Truckee River? Well, we’ve got the perfect book list for you. Here are 5 books to add to your “to read” list that touch on the Truckee River, both literally and figuratively. Happy reading! #1 Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb This is a great book to “cut your teeth” on and dive into the Truckee River topic. While the book doesn’t specifically talk about the Truckee River, it does look at beavers’ history and ecological influence throughout North America and dedicates an entire chapter to beavers in Elko County. These industrious rodents (the largest in North America) are our neighbors…
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